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Why Does Your Furnace Smell When You Turn It On?

The temperatures are falling here in Utica and that means soon we’ll be depending on the comfort of our furnaces. This is traditionally the time we have a number of furnace repair calls from our patrons anxious about a strange smell escaping from their furnace. If it’s been a few months since you’ve used your furnace and you smell something strange, stay calm. There’s most likely nothing to worry about and there are several reasons your furnace might smell strange.

Last winter was probably the last time you’ve had to use your furnace. Throughout the year, debris may have built up inside of your furnace. Starting up your furnace for the first time will burn that off, creating a smell. This smell will move through your home throughout your duct work. This generally isn’t a dangerous condition and the scent will not last long. But, if the smell doesn’t go away after a brief time, you’ll have to call in an expert to take a look at the issue.

Another realistic cause of weird smells coming from your furnace is a congested air filter. A clogged filter will cause your blower motor to run harder which could cause the motor and/or your furnace to overheat.

You’re better safe than sorry and if there are any odors coming from your furnace the professionals at Main Heating & Cooling, Inc. in Utica are ready to check things out and set your mind and nose at ease.

You’re going to be depending on your furnace more and more these next months, if you haven’t yet, it is the optimal time to get your regular furnace repair scheduled. Our certified technicians will get all those internal pieces cleaned and checked out to ensure your system will run efficiently and without troubling smells this Utica winter. Get an appointment scheduled by calling us at 586-731-0950 or set up an appointment using our online scheduler.